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This essay will focus peoples fascination with the black spot as a tourist attraction Throughout time society as been engaging in tourist behavior but travel to the black spot is a relatively new phenomenon This essay will outline specific factors which explain why people travel to black spots and other factors that arise when discussing tourism to black spots in general These factors must be included as they facilitate the travel in the first place and make tourism physically possible These factors include physical and cultural motivations as well as personal and prestige related motivations Other factors that will be discussed are social dynamics and aspects concerning technology Other ideas that will be discussed are the psychological benefits that tourists seek to attain when traveling Furthermore it will be noted the tourist traveling to the black spot is classified as an individual mass tourist or a recreational tourist In the beginning a definition of the term black spot is needed According to Wyllie 2000 the black spot is a place where a celebrity or large numbers of people are buried or have met with sudden or violent death Some examples that Wyllie uses are the tours that recreate President Kennedys assassination and the USS memorial at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii As mentioned earlier there are psychological aspects that help explain tourist fascination with black spots According to Tribe 1997 tourism is defined as the ways in which people look for psychological benefits that arise when they experience new places and new situations that are of temporary duration while they are free from daily constraints of work and family This explains travel to black spots because people have a strong desire to visit a place where their favorite celebrity passed on The visit has psychological benefits because it gives people a chance to say goodbye and sometimes see the last place the celebrity was alive It also gives people a strong sense of satisfaction
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